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Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I'm really disappointed to see this MTR. There is so much talk in this House about working together on both sides of the aisle. This bill is truly a bipartisan bill. And I suspect that there are probably Members on both sides of the aisle that were pretty suspicious when they saw a bill sponsored by Hastings, Markey, Flores, and Holt, yet that's precisely what we managed to get out of the House Natural Resources Committee. It's a bipartisan bill that deals with a very serious issue.

This motion to recommit is something that we've seen before. Nothing in our bill violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Nothing in our bill violates that, and yet that's reflected in this MTR. Secondly, the countries that are mentioned in here are countries that are hostile to the United States. That's covered under an entirely different statute in the law.

We do not need this to slow down the process of passing a bill that is needed, so I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on the MTR and ``yes'' on the underlying bill.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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